“Cub of the Year”

© Teklanika Photography 2013
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Cub of the Year”
A first-year bear cub is also know as a “cub of the year”.

Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos)
Chugach National Forest, Alaska
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 190mm
1/400 sec @ f5
iso 250
© Teklanika Photography 2013

Bold Black Bears Causing Trouble in Juneau

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Abby Lowell

It’s shaping up to be an extremely busy bear year in Juneau.

Locals have shared stories of bold black bear cubs entering downtown homes and the calls stemming from these sightings have kept officials like Ryan Scott, area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, busier than normal.

“I can’t exactly say why,” he said, “but we seem to have a bumper crop of young bears this year.”

He said the organization’s call log has already surpassed last year’s total tally by a long shot.

Scott said Fish and Game employees are systematically working through bear issues and taking steps to prevent unwanted encounters.

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Grizzly Sows Swap Cub in Grand Teton National Park

courtesy of the National Parks Traveler
by Kurt Repanshek

In an unusual, but apparently not unprecedented, move in wildlife behavior, two grizzly sows in Grand Teton National Park have swapped a cub. Making the swap even more curious is that the sows involved are themselves mother and daughter.

The cub swapping was detected last week when those monitoring the park’s grizzlies compared notes. According to park officials, the swapping was between 15-year-old grizzly No. 399, a prodigous sow when it comes to bearing triplets, and one of her daughters, 5-year No. 610.

No. 399 had given birth to three cubs this past winter. During the spring and into the summer she traveled with her young trio through much the same home range that she has maintained in recent years.

No. 610, who has a home range that overlaps with No. 399, meanwhile, had twins during the winter.

“The apparent adoption of a single cub occurred on or about July 21; the noteworthy event was confirmed by observations of No. 610 traveling with three cubs in the Willow Flats area of Grand Teton National Park, and later observations of No. 399 with just two cubs in an area further north of Willow Flats,” a park release said. “Biologists are not sure what caused the exchange of offspring, or whether this will be a temporary or permanent situation. However, these observations offer a fascinating glimpse into bear behavior.

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